Lumbar Drain in a Cranial Procedure

Lumbar Drain in a Cranial Procedure

March 2, 2023

Can placement of a lumber drain be billed separately with a cranial procedure? I heard that placing drains is not billable.

You are correct that placement of a drain in the surgical site/exposure is not separately billable. Placing a lumber drain via a separate incision ( in the back) during a cranial procedure is billable as it is in a separate anatomic location.

Report code 62272 if placed without fluoroscopic guidance and 62329 if fluoroscopy is used. The fluoroscopy is not separately billed.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/02/23.





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